Amar� Stoudemire would've been a terrific adversary for Tim Duncan, but knee surgery will shelve the Suns' big man until February. The 7'6" Yao provides much-needed low-post scoring. Destined to become the league's best-passing center, he ensures that the half-court offense is never stagnant.
SF LEBRON JAMES
LeBron plays to his full potential with this bunch, creating for others like Magic while attacking the rim against spread defenses like Michael. To keep up with his teammates, James is forced to confront his only shortcoming: defense. His backup, Ron Artest, will get him up to speed in practice.
PF RASHEED WALLACE
Mr. T may be a lightning rod for referees and enemy fans, but his teammates love him. His versatility at both ends of the floor makes for more favorable matchups up front. He doesn't care how many points he scores, and no big man has played better defense on Duncan over the last half-dozen years.
C NENAD KRSTIC